OTTAWA, ON, May 29, 2021 / CNW / – The Prime Minister, Justin trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers:

“Today we pay tribute to the United Nations (UN) peacekeepers, past and present, who have served at the risk of their lives and at great sacrifice to promote peace, restore stability and protect those who need it most, and we also pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the pursuit of peace.

“For more than 70 years, UN peacekeepers have worked tirelessly every day to provide essential assistance to those affected by conflict, and to help people and communities rebuild after violence and war and to navigate the road from conflict to peace. While performing their duties, they often find themselves in dangerous situations. Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, United Nations peacekeepers have faced greater challenges and threats than ever before. support and protect people in the countries in which they serve.

“This year’s theme, ‘The Road to Lasting Peace: Harnessing the Power of Youth for Peace and Security,’ reminds us that tens of thousands of peacekeepers between the ages of 18 and 29 are currently deployed. around the world in 12 different operations, play a major role in protecting the most vulnerable and building lasting peace.

“As a staunch supporter of UN peacekeeping operations, Canada played a leadership role in addressing the changing nature of missions and preparing for the future of peacekeeping. Together with our international partners, we continue to develop new approaches to better protect children, increase the participation of women in peace operations and help peacekeepers meet new challenges.

“This is why we launched and supported the implementation of the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers. To date, our efforts have led 101 UN Member States to join Canada endorsing the Vancouver Principles, and we continue to work with the UN and our partners to ensure that the Principles are incorporated into their policies and practices.

“As part of our support for UN peacekeeping operations and our work to implement the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, Canada also launched the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations increase the meaningful participation of women in uniform in United Nations peace operations, with an emphasis on the roles of the police and the military. Canada works with partners from the United Nations system, Member States, think tanks and civil society to identify effective ways to remove barriers to women’s participation and support a more inclusive future for peace operations United Nations.

Canada also continues to support United Nations peace operations around the world through deployments of military, police and civilian personnel, specialized capabilities and substantial financial contributions, including the work we have done under the Mission multidimensional integrated framework for stabilization in Mali promote peace, security and gender equality in the Sahel region. We will continue to work with the United Nations and our partners to support, reform and modernize United Nations peacekeeping operations to respond to our changing global environment.

“On this important day, I invite all Canadians to join me in thanking the UN peacekeepers who sacrifice so much to help make the world a better place. Today we recognize their courage, their sacrifices and their tireless work in the service of peace. “

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SOURCE Office of the Prime Minister


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